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Ruturaj Gaikwad equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes the joint-fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in IPL

Gaikwad bounced back in style against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, notching a half-century and equaling the famous Sachin Tendulkar’s IPL record.

Ruturaj Gaikwad equals Sachin Tendulkar's record, becomes the joint-fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in IPL
Image credit: Chennai Super Kings

Ruturaj Gaikwad bounced back in style against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, notching a half-century and equaling the famous Sachin Tendulkar’s IPL record. Ruturaj Gaikwad, who won the Orange Cap the previous season and was one of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players retained, has struggled in the 2022 Indian Premier League.

However, in a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday, he not only scored a half-century but also set a new IPL record, equaling the famous Sachin Tendulkar. Gaikwad reached 1000 runs in his IPL career with his 33-ball half-century.

Gaikwad became the joint-fastest batter to the milestone, alongside Sachin Tendulkar, who played for the Mumbai Indians for five seasons between 2008 and 2013.

As a result, Gaikwad has beaten former CSK batsman Suresh Raina (34 innings), Devdutt Padikkal (35), Rishabh Pant (35), Gautam Gambhir (36), Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, and Ajinkya Rahane in terms of innings played (all in 37 innings).

Last season, Gaikwad was instrumental in helping the team win the IPL title.

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In the year 2020, he made his debut for CSK. The elegant batter’s breakthrough season came in IPL 2021 when he scored 635 runs in 16 games.

MS Dhoni took over as captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on Sunday, then the following all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s decision to focus on his own condition.

Ruturaj Gaikwad equals Sachin Tendulkar's record, becomes the joint-fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in IPL
Image credit: Chennai Super Kings

Meanwhile, Gaikwad has been struggling with the willow from the start of the IPL 2022. The batter was unable to produce in the first eight games of the current season.

Gaikwad, on the other hand, appears to be back in form after destroying SRH’s bowling attack during their Sunday match. The cricketer hit six sixes and as many fours in his 99-ball innings.

Gaikwad, on the other hand, lost out on a well-deserved century, and as a result, his name was added to a sad list. Gaikwad has now joined Kohli’s list of five batters who have been removed at 99 in an IPL game.

Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, and Chris Gayle are the other three batsmen on the list.

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After taking some time to assess the pace of the track, CSK came out all guns blazing, showing that Ruturaj Gaikwad had taken the news well. He shattered Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 1000 runs in a single year, which he set in 2010. In that season, Tendulkar scored 618 runs at a strike rate of 132.6.

Ruturaj Gaikwad equals Sachin Tendulkar's record, becomes the joint-fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in IPL
Image credit: Chennai Super Kings

Meanwhile, Gaikwad and Devon Conway, who was playing his first game after a hiatus, shared a 182-run first-inning stand.

The Pune-born batsman praised the New Zealander for rising to the occasion and getting his first half-century in the IPL. 

Hence Ruturaj Gaikwad crossed Sachin Tendulkar’s 1000 runs and put himself to another level. He is one of the most amazing batsmen Chennai super kings are ever had to produce one of the most destructive batsmen like Raturaj is a big achievement.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Soumyajit Dutta is a Cricket News Analyst and Author at Empire Weekly.

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